DNREC's O'Marra testifies on Capitol Hill

By Amy Cherry 2:41pm, February 7, 2013
DNREC Secretary Colin O'Marra testifies in Washington, D.C.
DNREC's Colin O'Marra testifies on Capitol Hill about ways the Army Corp of Engineers could improve its water resources policies.

The Delaware Cabinet Secretary tells members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works that a few authorization changes could save millions.

"Too often, clean and safe dredging material is treated like a waste byproduct, it's just shipped overboard or sequestered into a contained disposal facility. We really need to adopt a systems-based approach that treats this clean sediment like the valuable resource that it is, and then use it where it's absolutely most valuable," says O'Marra.

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He's also tells the committee the Army Corp of Engineers should formally recognize the link between storm damage mitigation and environmental enhancements.


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